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1. Drake's Dealership 2325 Broadway Auto Row, Oakland, CA 94612

Although the founders have been brewing since 1987, Drake's Dealership -- named after English explorer Sir Francis Drake -- opened in 2015. The open, industrial space and denim-clad servers are a nod toward the building's history as a Dodge dealership. Drake's offers house-made, award-winning beer and wood-fired pizza.

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2. Mad Oak 135 12th St, Oakland, CA 94607 (Oakland)

Situated in Oakland's Lake Merritt neighborhood, Mad Oak is a spacious, lively bar known for its vast beer selection (40 on tap!) and freshly-squeezed greyhounds. Mad Oak also boasts rotating, on-site food trucks, a bi-level patio (equipped with fairy lights, benches, and TVs), and a rooftop garden.

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3. The Double Standard 2424 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612 (Oakland)

While The Double Standard has the ornate wood detailing, pendant lighting, and craft cocktailing of a trendy cocktail lounge (owner Ali Tahsini is a Bourbon & Branch alum), this East Bay bar has the atmosphere of a laid-back, friendly neighborhood watering hole. That's in large part thanks to its almost magical backyard, which is draped in romantic string lights and is home to three majestic Redwoods. For the best deal, come after work for the $10 cocktail menu comprised of Tahsini's originals, like the International Mason, an invigorating blend of mezcal, Cynar, house-made coffee bitters, and Dolin Rouge.

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4. Vampire Penguin 2575 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

If the name alone isn't enticing enough, check out this cafe's menu: fruit-based shaved ice with endless toppings (think cookies, nuts, sauces). What sets this place apart from any froyo chain or snow cone joint is simple: it's a lot better (and not loaded with mysterious syrups and additives).

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5. CREAM 6300 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

"Cookies Rule Everything Around Me" is something we can all relate to. At CREAM, customers can expect their childhood-favorite frozen treat to go beyond a scoop of vanilla flanked by two chocolate chip cookies. These ice cream sandwiches, crafted by actual heroes, include a variety of cookies (red velvet, snickerdoodle, white chocolate macadamia nut), an array of sub-zero goodness (banana walnut fudge, salted caramel, cinnamon chill), and a plethora of toppings (Nutella, oreos, coconut). CREAM also has soy, gluten free, and seasonal menu items.

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6. Starline Social Club 645 W Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

Starline Social Club's exterior is unimpressive. But once inside, you notice that the dance hall has not always been such. This once-saloon and once-janitorial supply center has been converted into a venue for art, music, dancing, drinking, and eating. The rotating menu features an eclectic assortment of items that one wouldn't expect to find in a place that once sold mops: squid, BBQ banh mi, steak tartar, and gourmet funnel cake.

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7. Kronnerburger 4063 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611 (The Mission)

KronnerBurger transforms the concept of a simple burger into a savory culinary experience usually reserved for steaks and market seafood. And they do it in a hip, candlelit setting that'll have you questioning if it's really a burger "joint."

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8. Space Burger 2150 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

This 50's-era, al fresco fast-food joint dishes out classic burgers along with other diner offerings: pulled pork, fried chicken, milkshakes, and fresh-cut fries with cajun seasoning.

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9. Nick and Aron's 4316 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

No, this isn't a new venture by the Carter brothers. But the founders—Nick and Aron—have 21 years of friendship, baking, and cooking under their belts. With Oakland-style pizza (sourdough crust), an expanded lunch/dinner menu, and a happy hour (which includes cheaper slices), this place is a must try.

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10. Grange Hall 4901 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

Grange Hall boasts food sourced from local farms, artisanal ingredients, and handcrafted brews, along with an "Apothecary," which has seasonal, house-made tonics and elixirs. For the hungry, this casual Temescal bistro serves American fare and late-night menu items.

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11. Parlour 357 19th Street, Oakland, Oakland, CA 94612

Parlour mixes Italian and Californian cuisine with squid ink spaghettini, salmon piccante pizza, peach crostata, and seasonal wines and cocktails.

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12. Salsipuedes 4201 Market St, , 94608

This relaxed, Mexican-American bistro supplies both classic dishes—burgers and fries—and craftier appetizers and entrees, such as corn nuts with seaweed salt, beef tongue with sea urchin, octopus melt bao, and drowned fried chicken torta.

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13. Sequoia Diner 3719 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619

At this quaint breakfast and lunch spot in Oakland’s Laurel District, the husband-and-wife-team churns out homemade everything –– from the biscuits and jams to the granola and pastries, like danishes and sticky buns. Highwire coffee helps balance out those mimosas you'll drink while choosing from the usual suspects, like huevos rancheros, frittatas, and waffles, plus some surprises like chicken liver toast and smoked rockfish and corn chowder.

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14. Calavera 2337 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

You won't find loaded nachos or quesadillas here. At the this authentic Mexican restaurant and Agave bar, one can find reinvented Oaxacan fare: seasoned grasshoppers, mesa-crusted veal sweetbread, and chile-chocolate braised goat.

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15. Millennium 5912 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

A Kickstarter campaign reopened this vegetarian restaurant, which spent the last 20 years in San Francisco. Whether or not you're #plantbased, Millennium's locally-sourced dishes and globally-inspired cuisine appeal to any palate. The amarosa potato tikka cake and the sesame and Arborio crusted king trumpet mushrooms are a must.